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LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff Thursday, Aug. 3, on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of Detroit Firefighter Kevin Vance Ramsey, who died July 29, 2017, while on duty. “Kevin will forever be remembered for his years of service to the Detroit community,” Snyder said. “I send my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow firefighters during this difficult time.”
Ramsey was an EMS medic before becoming a firefighter and served as a Detroit firefighter for 20 years. He enjoyed rescue work and conducted various difficult operations, such as elevator rescues and car extractions. Ramsey was regarded by many as a “true Detroiter.” A service in his honor will be held Thursday, Aug. 3, at 10:15 a.m. at Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full staff on Friday, Aug. 4. When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
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